WIP Wednesday: Yarn and Stuff...

Here's what I've been up to on Instagram!

I've been completely taken by spinning yarn!  I made a two ply practice yarn that was fat and loose.  And while it was real yarn that I was able to knit with, I really wanted to make a nice, tight, DK-type yarn.  (Sara at Knotty Gnome spins beautiful yarns, and I've been following her Instagram feed for inspiration.) 

So I pulled some more roving from my friend's stash and set to work trying to make the yarn I wanted.  I spun the single plies tighter and thinner so that I could ply them together tighter.  It wasn't perfect, because I'm still perfecting my ability to eyeball the twist, but it was a lot closer.  I'll keep working on keeping my twist consistent and my plies thin.

And I've started working on some Christmas gifts!  My daughter has gotten very excited about this one doll she has that I've made some clothes for already.  Last week, as I was putting her to bed, she told me that her doll couldn't sleep because she didn't have any pjs, so I obviously pulled some flannel and whipped up a nightgown.  

Then she started making her doll a bed out of a box and an old baby blanket, and I had an idea.  I made a quick pillow and pillowcase, and started working on a mini quilt for the doll's bed.  These are all one inch squares, that finish to a half inch, and they take forever!  So it's a good thing I'm starting now.

Quilts are getting labels and sleeves and heading off to a show!  My guild is putting on a special exhibit at the Quilters Gathering in November, so we finalized our selection of quilts last week and started everyone working on that last step of prep work.  I have four quilts in the show, two smallish quilts and two bigger ones, so I prepped the two smaller ones and handed them off.  The two bigger ones still need a solid washing before they can be sleeved and labeled, so they'll be my project in the next couple weeks.

And if you guys are in New Hampshire next month, you should check out the show.  We have a really great pile of quilts that we'll be showing, and the show has some really great teachers doing workshops.  Should be good times.

Linking up with Lee for WIP Wednesday!

Friday Finish: I Spun Some Wool!

There's this feeling when you first make a thing.  When you work and work, and learn a new skill, and in the end there's a product that you've made that looks and feels just like the thing you can buy in the store.  

I had that feeling after I made my first quilt.  I wrapped myself in the soft warmness and felt like the champion of the world.  Many quilts later, that feeling is still there, but less so.

I got that same feeling when I finished spinning my first batch of roving into yarn.  It was real yarn!  You could pull on it and it didn't break!  It was largely consistent in thickness, and overall, not too thick!   I made everyone look at it and touch it.  

So now my goal is to spin more and more wool.  The woman who taught me showed me all her spinning tricks, like drafting wool with the spindle still spinning (I'm still rocking the park and draft) and she even did some craziness where she draped the spindle over her outstretched hand so she could spin over a yard of yarn in one go.  I was mesmerized and I want to master all those tricks.  

This is next up.  It's wool that a friend was gifted, so we don't know what it is, but it's smoother than the brown wool, which will make it a little more difficult to spin.   And once it's spun, I plan to ply it with the brown.  I'm hoping the contrast will make it easier to see where I need improvement.

Linking up with Amanda Jean for Finish It Up Friday!